Secondary Trail Closure
Effective 8/1/2014, following the 60-day recreational ORV closure, only the designated primary trails in the backcountry will be open to recreational ORV use and access. All secondary trails will remain closed on an interim basis for an additional 60-days More »
2012 ORV Permits Go On Sale December 16
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
The 2012 Off-road Vehicle (ORV) permits for Big Cypress National Preserve will go on sale Friday, December 16. Once purchased, permits are valid through January, 31 2013. Permits did not sell out in 2011, therefore, there is no need to submit lottery requests. 2012 permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Renewal forms should not be submitted until after December 16.
If your ORV is required to be inspected you may obtain permits at the ORV Office located at the Oasis Visitor Center. If your vehicle does not require an inspection you may submit your renewal request and payment by following the guidance on the ORV Permit Renewal Form at - http://www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/upload/2012-13-ORV-Permit-Renewal-Form.pdf
We remind all ORV permitees that travel in the backcountry is along designated trails only. Travel off designated trails will result in permit suspension and possible fines. For more information on the designated trail network go to - http://www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/designated-trail-implementation.htm
For more information on ORV permitting and use in the Preserve go to - http://www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/orv-use.htm, or contact the ORV Office at 239-695-1205.
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